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May 2016 marked the 125th anniversary of the graduation of the first woman to earn a degree at WVU. The Center for Women's and Gender Studies, in conjunction with other WVU departments and programs, celebrated this anniversary throughout the year.

What is Women’s and Gender Studies?

Women’s and Gender Studies examines the contributions, perspectives, experiences, roles, and status of individuals within an historical and multicultural framework. Challenging stereotypes, our students explore the ways gender, socioeconomic class, sexual identity, race, ethnicity and age shape experience. Students are encouraged to explore female behavior and the realities of women’s lives, and to examine how femininity and masculinity are socially and culturally molded rather than determined by biology alone.

Featured Course:

How are Women portrayed in Film?

Enroll in WGST 150 this upcoming semester and watch some movies while learning about depictions of gender in film.

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Friday, Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m.
Home of State Delegate Barbara Fleischauer and Professor Bob Bastress,
Welcome Potluck for new Faculty

Thursday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m.
104 Downtown Campus Library
film Backburner Dreams with presentation by Filmmaker Brenda Hayes

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2 p.m. 
Mountainlair Ballroom,
Women's and Gender Studies Fair 

Scholarships Awarded

At the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony on April 12, The Center for Women's & Gender Studies recognized the Outstanding Senior and Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, and five scholarships were awarded.

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Alumni Spotlight

Amanda Ray  has been chosen as our Outstanding Alumni for 2018. She holds a Juris Doctor of Law, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (with a focus in Women’s Studies), a Master of Arts in History, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and History with a minor in Women’s Studies, all obtained at WVU!

Congratulations Graduates

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